Stralsund, Germany

The new Oceanographic Museum OZEANEUM is located on the city’s historic waterfront immediately adjacent to the historic center, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The proposed design is an open structure, literally flooded from all sides by both people and light, similar to the way that stones along a shoreline are periodically surrounded by tidal waters. From each very different approach the ever-changing visual relationship between these ‘stones’ lends the museum an unmistakable identity and makes a unique contribution towards the silhouette of Stralsund.

The layout of the museum allows visitors to take a spectacular journey of discovery, through and between the ‘stones’. Each ‘stone’ or building element covers a specific exhibition topic.

Freely slung ribbons of steel, reminiscent of sails billowing in the wind, determine the shape of the respective ‘stones’. Appearing as thin as paper, light-weight and elegant, they are neither static nor rigid.


Stralsund, Germany


Deutsches Meeresmuseum Stralsund


Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart Design: Behnisch & Partner


Hafenstraße 11
18439 Stralsund


Behnisch & Partner, 2002, 1st prize